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VDOT Urges Drivers To Use Caution

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RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is encouraging drivers to use extra caution during Monday morning's commute. According to weather forecasts, most of the commonwealth can expect rain and ice early Monday morning resulting in icy driving conditions during rush hour.

Motorists should drive with extreme caution and pay special attention to bridges, overpasses, ramps and shady spots where ice may form first.

VDOT crews across the state will continue to treat and clear roadways. However, drivers must continue to use caution.

Get the latest road conditions at www.511virginia.org or by downloading the 511 mobile app.

Driving Tips
VDOT reminds motorists to use caution when driving during wintry weather. Drivers should:
  • Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
  • Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary
  • Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to www.511Virginia.org
VDOT's Winter Weather Tools
VDOT continues to use the latest anti-icing techniques. Anti-icing involves applying chemicals to roadways before a storm to prepare the pavement and prevent a bond from forming between the surface and the snow and ice. VDOT will use anti-icing chemicals, including salt brine, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride, on roads around the state this winter.

Priorities for Clearing Roads
VDOT's goal for typical snowstorms is to have all roads passable within 48 hours after a storm. Crews first clear interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads that connect localities, fire stations, employment hubs, military posts, schools, hospitals and other important public facilities. They will then treat secondary roads and subdivision streets if multi-day storms hit Virginia, but crews will focus efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.

Motorist Resources
Motorists should check VDOT's 511 website, www.511virginia.org, prior to travel. The website features real-time weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road, VDOT's 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.
For overall winter weather information, VDOT's website includes frequently asked questions, driving tips and tools for motorists to learn more about VDOT's winter preparedness at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

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